Adopting a Puppy

A few things you might like to know

Vaccinations and Health Care

Your puppy will arrive healthy with 1st  (5 Way) puppy vaccinations for canine distemper, andenovirus type 2, parainfluenza, parvovirus & coronavirus; regularly de-wormed, rear dew-claws removed, micro-chipped & paper trained, all included in price.

As responsible breeder I don’t compromise using less expensive (3 or 4 Way) vaccines, so I am going to continue to start off my puppies with the best products available and that is the (5-Way) vaccine.

Prior to pick-up or shipping your puppy I can arrange – and STRONGLY recommend – for your puppies 2nd (5 Way) vaccinations as well as 1st vaccinations for kennel cough & lyme disease. For an additional $150, you actually save money, because due to the volume I receive discounts from my vet, which I transfer over to you; plus you gain a bit of extra time before you have to take your puppy to the DVM for the rabies vaccination at 16 weeks. Vaccination Certificate (s) will be included.

Also I highly recommend that you continue to de-worm your puppy monthly. Heartworm is almost always a death sentence. But monthly de-worming kills all larvae, so heartworm NEVER gets to mature.

I also suggest for the months of April to November that puppies get treated with ‘Sentry Fiproguard Plus’, which protects against fleas, ticks and lice and is in my experience the ONLY product that really works. It’s very easy to apply, just rub it onto their skin behind their neck, where they cannot lick it. Note: Depending on what your puppy weighs when you buy them, I sell the product with weight classifications which allow for the puppy to grow and you will always be provided with the correct dosage per weight, without left-overs from a former weight-classification, as it’s the case when you buy it at your local vet.

Be sure to follow up with 1st rabies vaccination at 16 weeks of age. This is also the best time to spay or neuter.

Feeding your puppy

Feed: 3x/day dog kibble (Never puppy chow, this is too high in protein). Never exceed 22% protein, you will shorten the life of your Saint Bernard! Plenty of fresh water at all times.

Saint Bernards, like people, enjoy healthy treats. Peanut butter sandwiches, eggs on toast, sardines, tuna, casserole, bones and table scraps. Never chocolate or avocados! Note your puppy will need to go outside very soon after eating to go potty.

Rest and Play

Exercise: Normal play with people or other pets, easy walks, swimming in shallow water is all good for your puppy. Provide a few toys, no rigorous exercise until your puppy is two years old otherwise you may cause joint problems.

If you get raw hide toys make sure you avoid those shaped like bones. The ends can break off and your puppy will choke on those!

Rest: Your puppy will need a lot of sleep! Puppies only grow when they are sleeping. Make sure your puppy has a shelter and warmth. If your puppy is sleeping outside I strongly suggest wheat straw.

Breed Facts

There is no preferred coat type. Both long-haired & short-haired Saint Bernard’s shed & need regular baths & grooming.

All colours of Saint Bernard’s, from deep-brown to brown-yellow are of equal value.
Necessary markings are: white chest, feet, tip of tail, noseband & collar or spot on the nape; the latter & a blaze between the eyes are very desirable. Faulty are all other colours except the favourite dark shadings on the head (mask) and ears. Monk’s caps are cute but of no value.

Be advised: There is no such thing as a dry mouth Saint Bernard. An adult Saint Bernard usually weighs between 130 to 180 lbs. or 59 to 82 kg.

Once your puppy is grown-up...

How to take care of your Saint

Exercise & Training

Saint Bernards need only moderate amounts of exercise, but it’s important that they get it to prevent obesity. Carrying too much weight is hard on their joints and can cause arthritis or orthopedic problems.

Limit the amount of exercise you give your Saint Bernard puppy until he reaches mature size. Don’t let him put on weight too quickly or run or jump on slick floors. That’s just asking for hip problems.

Saint Bernards are prone to heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Avoid letting them exercise in the heat of the day, and be sure they always have access to shade and fresh water. Be aware of the signs of fatigue and heat exhaustion, which include heavy panting, dark-red gums, and weakness or collapse.

An untrained Saint can wreak havoc in your home and drag you down the sidewalk in his eagerness to greet people, so early training is essential. Train your Saint Bernard using a happy and relaxed approach. Lay down ground rules and be consistent in requiring that he follow them.

The well-trained Saint Bernard is a wonderful family companion and can go on to do many fun activities, including conformation showing (dog shows), obedience trials, and cart pulling.


Recommended daily amount: 6-8 cups of dry food divided into 2 meals not exceeding 22% protein & NEVER feed your puppy, “Puppy Chow”, just regular adult dog food.

Note: How much your adult dog eats depends on his size, age, build, metabolism, and activity level. Dogs are individuals, just like people, and they don’t all need the same amount of food. It almost goes without saying that a highly active dog will need more than a couch potato dog. The quality of dog food you buy also makes a difference — the better the dog food, the further it will go toward nourishing your dog and the less of it you’ll need to shake into your dog’s bowl.

Saint Bernards like to eat and are prone to obesity. Keep your Saint in good shape by measuring his food and feeding him twice a day rather than leaving food out all the time.

If you’re unsure whether he’s overweight, give him the eye test and the hands-on test. First, look down at him. You should be able to see a waist. Then place your hands on his back, thumbs along the spine, with the fingers spread downward. You should be able to feel but not see his ribs without having to press hard. If you can’t, he needs less food and more exercise.


Brush your Saint about three times a week with a rubber curry brush or hound glove for shorthaired coats or a pin brush for longhaired coats. During shedding season, use a shedding blade to remove loose hair. If your Saint develops mats behind the ears or on the thighs, spray a detangler solution on the area and gently work out the mat with your fingers or a comb.

Saint Bernard’s shed & need regular baths, (Groomer’s Edge Whitening Shampoo available in my shop). When you do give a bath, it’s easiest to do it outdoors unless you have a large walk-in shower. Wintertime baths should always be given indoors unless you live in a climate that’s warm year-round.

Saint Bernards often develop stains around their eyes. Keep the eyes stain-free by wiping them daily with a damp cloth or using a product formulated to remove eye stains, which you can find at pet supply stores.

Other grooming needs include dental hygiene, nail care, and ear care. Brush your Saint’s teeth at least two or three times a week to remove tartar buildup and the bacteria that lurk inside it. Daily brushing is even better if you want to prevent gum disease and bad breath.

Trim nails once or twice a month if your dog doesn’t wear them down naturally. If you can hear them clicking on the floor, they’re too long. Short, neatly trimmed nails keep the feet in good condition and prevent your legs from getting scratched when your Saint enthusiastically jumps up to greet you. When you trim the nails, trim the hair between the toes at the same time.

Check ears weekly. If they look dirty, wipe them clean with a cotton ball or cloth, using an ear cleaning solution (available in my shop). Never insert a cotton swab into the ear canal.

Begin accustoming your Saint to being brushed and examined when he’s a puppy. Handle his paws frequently — dogs are touchy about their feet — and look inside his mouth and ears. Make grooming a positive experience filled with praise and rewards, and you’ll lay the groundwork for easy veterinary exams and other handling when he’s an adult.

As you groom, check for sores, rashes, or signs of infection such as redness, tenderness, or inflammation on the skin, in the ears, nose, mouth, and eyes, and on the feet. Eyes should be clear, with no redness or discharge. Your careful weekly exam will help you spot potential health problems early.

How much do Saint Bernards eat?

Point your mouse here!

Fully grown Saint Bernards Meal Menu

Female: 6-8 cups, Male 8-10 cups of dry food daily with no more than 22% protein, lots of water, and a few healthy treats such as eggs on toast, sardines, tuna, casserole, bones, table scraps!

How much can a Saint Bernard pull?

Point your mouse here!

Weight pulling records

Saint Bernards have been known to pull up to 5000 pounds.

Did you know?

Point your mouse here!

Saint Bernard rescue dogs

Saint Bernards are great at clearing paths, can predict incoming avalanches and, thanks to their excellent sense of smell can detect a body buried up to 20 feet of snow!

Happy Dogs - Happy Owners!

Take a look at some of Simone’s Saints adopted puppies